White balance on camera - white turns real white - lesson 16 Yoors Photography Course

white turns real white in the picture

Do you know that, the snow in your picture seems blquw, or a sunset that doesn't have that beautiful glow as you see it? Then the camera doesn't have the right white balance.


Each light source has its own colour temperature, you know the expressions 'cold light' and 'warm light'. So taking pictures in cloudy skies is very different than taking pictures in indoor artificial light.

A lot of cameras can measure this and then the picture is quite similar to reality. But there are situations where the camera really didn't see the light.

A snow-white environment is very difficult in front of the camera, and then a photo often comes across a bit blue. When you select stage (P mode), you can often choose snow photography, then you can help.

Sunset photos often appear to be more flacier than the image you see is very different. Whether pictures just after sunset, the so-called 'blue hour', is also so difficult for the camera.

It can then be useful to make the White Balance yourself ( WB ) set on camera. It is best to focus on white areas, and make sure that the institution will turn really white. If necessary, put down a white paper to determine the correct colour temperature.

In any case, it is good to be aware of the functioning of the white balance, and the different 'temperatures' of different light sources.

White balance appears in degrees Kelvin .



Right White Balance


The picture has become too greyish white balance has too 'low' temperature

Creative Photography and White Balance

In some situation, it gives you very crative photos if you put the white balance 'wrong'. In snow shooting, a bit of blue glow can also enhance that atmosphere of cold. And a good photo is your own, so try the different options here so you can find out what's happening. Who knows what surprises come out?!


If you shoot in RAW, you can adjust a lot afterwards in the post-processing. I have to say that I don't, because I almost don't want to reedit my photos and I like the JPEG quality. A lot of photographers will disagree with me at all in this. RAW photos keep a lot more raw information, so you can customize a lot of retrospect on your PC.

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